New work made during a 2 month long artist residency in Budapest, Hungary Sept-Oct 2015.
Hughes’s ongoing series of limited edition print works titled Devil in the Details are created by digitally deconstructing various world currencies. Utilizing the fine details found in the filigree, text, and textures of money, he creates large-scale collages, transforming the compositions of the world’s currency into ornate geometric abstractions. The patterns Hughes creates have a multitude of cross-cultural reference points, ranging from Western Modernism to Islamic Art; Persian rugs to camouflage; transcendentalism to consumer culture. In so doing, Hughes examines the psychological capital of currency by transforming something so ubiquitous into a nearly unrecognizable abstraction of itself.